A Discussion on Race and Criminal Law

11/05/2021 - 12:00
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A Discussion on Race and Criminal Law
Category: Current Students
Date: Friday, November 5, 2021
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Room 246
Access: Current Law Students
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Open to all Marquette Law School students, faculty, and staff, please join Professor O’Hear as he moderates a panel discussion about race and criminal law. Racial disparities are a pervasive aspect of criminal justice in the United States, but the causes remain a matter of uncertainty and debate. The three panelists, all prominent criminal-justice leaders in Milwaukee, will discuss the role of race in the criminal-justice system from three different perspectives—police, public defender, and courts.

There will be time at the end for students to pose questions to the panelists, and all of our panelists will be joining us in-person. Lunch will be provided immediately after the session. Please RSVP by noon on Friday, October 29 to reserve your lunch. 

The panelists are:

  • Judge Joe Donald (L’88), is the Presiding Judge of Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District I. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, he served as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge for 23 years. When on the circuit court, Judge Donald served as the Deputy Chief Judge, presided over the healthy infant and family treatment courts, and was a leading advocate for “problem-solving courts.”
  • Jeffrey Norman (L’02), is Acting Police Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department. He was first appointed to the Department in 1996. He has served as commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, District 3 on the west side of Milwaukee, and the Inspections Division. He was appointed Acting Police Chief on December 23, 2020.
  • Paige Styler (L’92), is Deputy Regional Attorney Manager for the State Public Defender’s Office, Milwaukee Trial Division. She has focused her practice on alternatives to incarceration programming. Among her other initiatives, she started the Milwaukee County pilot mental health court and continues to represent all clients in that program.


Room 246